You know we really deserve this coming holiday, we really, really do. It started out as a day the first settlers of our country gave thanks to a very real and generous God. Their God had protected and brought them through months of death-defying travel.
At the time, one in four ships that left port were never seen again; you traveled with a prayer on your lips and kept them moving for the whole trip. The pilgrims were supposed to join up with the southern colony here, but were blown off course and ended in New England. It was the beginning of the cold season; half of the company never made summer.
The natives and the settlers made a peace with each other and a co-dependence evolved. The Native Americans had experienced a devastating plague; their tribes were decimated. So the Europeans offered some protection from neighboring war-like tribes.
A second group of Europeans landed, and the colony was stabilized and grew with the sweat and tears of the settlers and the help of the natives. They taught the English what to do to survive.
The first Thanksgiving was a celebration of that survival effort, and an acknowledgement of the help and protection the settlers received from Native Americans and God. They joined in a celebration of food and mutual support.
They gave thanks — for God and each other.
So do we give thanks for our family and God for the meaning they bring to us this holiday season.
Have a great holiday.
A point to ponder.